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Bob Baffert: Hall of Fame coach suspended from participating in racing or training activities at NYRA tracks until January 25


A three-member hearing panel has made the decision to suspend Hall of Fame horse trainer Bob Baffert for one year, effective immediately, the New York Racing Association announced Thursday.

Baffert, 69, was suspended after Medina Spirit’s victory in the 2021 Kentucky Derby was disqualified.

The horse failed a drug test after crossing the finish line first in the Derby, a race Baffert has won six times.

Baffert, a two-time Triple Crown winner of horse racing, appealed the KHRC’s decision, but the Kentucky Court of Appeals denied his emergency relief petition on April 1. His suspension began on April 4.

According to a NYRA press release, after a two-month review of a 50-page report, the panel decided to suspend Baffert for 365 calendar days.

However, the panel credited Baffert with 59 days served after being placed on a temporary suspension by the NYRA in May 2021 in addition to the 90-day suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Baffert’s NYRA suspension runs until January 25.

“This was an unbiased, deliberative process that culminated in the long suspension of the sport’s most prominent coach,” said NYRA President and CEO Dave O’Rourke.

“However, it’s not just about Bob Baffert or any individual, it’s about protecting the integrity of the sport here in New York. Today’s decision advances that goal.

After last year’s Derby, Medina Spirit was found to contain betamethasone – an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid sometimes used to relieve joint pain – in a blood sample. Kentucky horse racing rules do not allow this and tell trainers to stop using the therapeutic 14 days before an event.

CNN has reached out to Baffert’s representation for comment.


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